GDL Members facilitate a workshop at World Press Freedom Day
As part of an event series created together with UNESCO and the Bosch Alumni Network, GDL Members Elizabeth Maloba and Patrick Mpedzisi are facilitating a workshop at this year’s World Press Freedom Day. Their interactive format on the safety of women journalists online will be staged at the central symposium taking place from 1 to 3 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The main aim of the cooperation is to identify potential solutions to fight online harassment of journalists. It is part of a broader UNESCO initiative on countering gender-based harassment and threats against journalists. Kick-off for the event series was a workshop in Vienna in February 2019.
Since 1993, 3 May has been dedicated to press freedom and freedom of expression – freedoms indispensable for sustainable peace. This year’s theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” will focus on the media and its role in national elections as well as peace and reconciliation processes. It will also highlight the challenges of disinformation and the safety of journalists. World Press Freedom Day draws attention to these issues and promotes the rights of journalists around the globe.
Elizabeth Maloba has worked as an organisational change and business growth facilitator since 2002, and has extensive experience in capacity building, knowledge management, facilitation and conflict resolution.
She works to provide support to organisations to enable them to achieve their objectives by supporting them in making decisions, solving problems, exchanging ideas and information, and learning. She has considerable entrepreneurship experience, having started her own business and invested in a couple of small businesses over the years. This experience allows her to combine entrepreneurial and management skills where needed. She also provides training on entrepreneurship and leadership.
She is currently studying for her master’s degree in organisational development. She lives in Nairobi and has worked in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and Benin. Her personal interests are travelling and reading.
Patrick Mpedzisi is an organisational development consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the NGO sector in Africa. During this time he opened various processes for CSOs in Africa to engage in regional processes. He has managed major CSO initiatives, led regional campaigns and built civil society capacities across the continent. He now focuses on building NGOs’ capacities to be more effective in their sustainability and resource mobilisation.
A lawyer by profession, he also founded Mitupo.org, a platform for restoring, preserving and celebrating African culture and identity and promoting ownership of the evolution of culture. Prior to that, he coordinated the African Democracy Forum, was project coordinator at Southern Africa Trust and led the African Youth Parliament, among other roles. He also co-authored a paper on South African foreign policy and regional integration.